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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA

May 14, 2018

Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

Sarah Betancourt is on the desk. New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



A legislative committee hears testimony on bills that would prohibit school districts in Massachusetts from denying hot lunches to students who don’t have money to pay or whose parents have fallen behind on meal plan payments. By Bob Salsberg. Upcoming 4 p.m.


Lovers of literature don’t usually navigate “Walden” with a joystick, but a new Playstation game devoted to the Henry David Thoreau classic debuts Tuesday. By Dylan McGuinness. Upcoming 4 p.m. with photo.



A Massachusetts fugitive has been arrested in Reno on federal warrants accusing him of multiple counts of raping and assaulting children. The U.S. Marshal’s Service says federal agents arrested 42-year-old Daniel Escalante Sunday evening near the baggage area at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. SENT: 124 words.


A 22-year-old former employee with a Logan International Airport subcontractor that cleans airlines she was sexually harassed by a supervisor and unjustly fired when she turned down his advances. Rosa Morban joined U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark and members of the airport workers’ union to announce her complaint against ReadyJet with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. A voice message left with ReadyJet early Monday wasn’t immediately returned. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 395 words.


Massachusetts officials have begun weighing the pros and cons of legalized sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court gave states the green light to consider it. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders say they discussed the high court ruling and its potential ramifications for Massachusetts during their regularly scheduled weekly meeting on Monday. Baker says a lot more “homework” needs to be done before a decision is made. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 406 words.


— FENTANYL ARRESTS: Two men have been arraigned in a Massachusetts high court for allegedly selling fentanyl to an undercover state trooper. SENT: 140 words.

— COLLEGE CLOSING: A group representing the faculty of the University of Massachusetts-Boston has issued a declaration of no confidence in UMass President Martin Meehan and the university system’s board of trustees over the decision to purchase the assets of Mount Ida College. SENT: 145 words.

—HEROIN TRAFFICKING ARREST: Two Connecticut men are facing drug trafficking charges for the 800 grams of heroin Massachusetts state police found hidden in their car. SENT: 103 words.

— DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST: Police say a woman is accused of beating, scratching, and biting a family member at a home in New Hampshire. Police in Merrimack, New Hampshire, say 25-year-year-old Amanda Kay, of Boston, was taken into custody early Sunday. SENT: 109 words.

— FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS-HARASSMENT: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city has hired an outside counsel to review the Boston Fire Department’s handling of harassment and discrimination allegations brought by some women firefighters. SENT: 148 words.

— FATAL SHOOTING VICTIM IDED: A man who was fatally shot at a bus shelter in western Massachusetts has been identified. SENT: 69 words.

—RABBIT RETURN: New Hampshire scientists have developed a method to estimate the abundance of New England cottontails, whose populations have been declining over the past 50 years. SENT: 135 words.

—TRAFFICKING ARREST: Two men have been arrested for trafficking cocaine in western Massachusetts. SENT: 99 words.

—SCOTUS DRAFT KINGS: Daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings says it’s poised to enter the sports betting market after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal law that bans gambling on sports in most states. SENT: 130 words.

—TOURISM: New Hampshire tourism officials are using digital billboards, wall advertisements, and college fairs to attract potential visitors in other states. SENT: 135 words.

— ROCKPORT SALE: The Rockport Group will sell its assets to private equity group Charlesbank under a bankruptcy plan as the shoemaker struggles to compete in a tougher retail market. SENT: 135 words.

—BUS COLLISION: Police say the driver of an SUV that slammed head-on into an MBTA bus just outside of Boston this weekend has died. SENT: 90 words.

— SCHOOL BUS-STRANGE ENCOUNTER: A Boston man who forced a school bus to stop on a busy interstate and jumped on the hood of the vehicle has lost his driver’s license. SENT: 145 words.

— FATAL WRECK: One person has been killed and two others injured in a one-car crash in Massachusetts. SENT: 95 words.

— ETHICS COMPLAINT: A Pittsfield man had filed a complaint with the State Ethics Commission saying the appearance of uniformed police officers at a recent campaign event for Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello was a violation of state ethics laws. SENT: 145 words.

— INNOCENT BYSTANDERS SHOT: Boston police have arrested the man they say fatally shot two innocent bystanders outside a city housing complex earlier this month. SENT: 130 words.

— ELDERLY MAN-STABBING: Police in Massachusetts say a Provincetown man slashed the neck and back of an 82-year-old man in a vicious attack. SENT: 120 words.



The Boston Red Sox return to Fenway Park to open a series against the Oakland A’s. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


BOSTON — The Celtics entered last season’s conference finals matchup with Cleveland coming off a seven-game slug fest with Washington and carrying the emotional baggage of helping Isaiah Thomas cope following his sister’s death. Neither is a factor this time around for a rested and confident group that dominated the Cavaliers in Game 1. Boston expects LeBron James to be better going forward but says its blueprint of attacking the Cavs head-on won’t change. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m. EDT, photos.


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two-time NBA champion Ray Allen says he has enjoyed watching the NBA playoffs and former teammate LeBron James put on a show during during the postseason. Allen, who won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics and another with James in Miami, played high school ball in the Palmetto State. He heads the newest group of inductees into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 778 words.


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